Digital and Creative Providing a Bright Spark for the UK

Updated: Apr 7


The last few years have seen the UK go through much uncertainty as to what

the future could hold, due to Brexit. The uncertainty spread to the UK’s

economy as well as the future of our jobs, in particular the digital sector. Based

on new figures which have been released, it is highlighted how much the

digital sector is having a positive effect on the UK economy.


The Department of Media, Culture and Sport (DCMS) recently revealed that

the digital and creative sector are two of the fastest growing areas of the UK

economy. The figures showed the creative sector, which includes advertising,

marketing and media, contributed £111.7 billion to the UK in 2018, which was

an increase of 7.4% when the whole UK economy which grew by only 1.4%; the

digital sector grew 7.9% in the same period.


The growth of the digital and creative sectors has proved a great benefit for

the Greater Manchester economy, as the two sectors are considered global

strengths for the city-region within the Local Industrial Strategy. 


The minister for the Creative industries said: “The creative industries

encompass the best and brightest of UK businesses and these figures paint a

vibrant picture of creativity and talent in our country today. “I would like to congratulate all those within the sector whose hard work and ingenuity means the industry is making a staggering contribution of nearly £13 million to the national economy every hour.”


Digital Minister added:” Technology is a sweet spot of our economy, bringing

jobs and wealth across the country. The success is thanks to our business

friendly environment and fantastic workforce.


“We are working hard to continue this momentum by strengthening regional

tech clusters supporting digital businesses and investing in people’s digital

skills.”

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